Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Jazz on Film

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Directed by Robert Mugge 
(USA, 1980, digital)

Introduced by musician Damon Choice

This documentary portrait of mythic free-jazz innovator Sun Ra (1914–1993) captures performances by Ra and his Arkestra in three cities. Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise intercuts the musical interludes with footage of band members at their shared house in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood and Ra relaying his poetic proclamations about vibrations, myth, and mystery while standing among Egyptian artifacts at the Penn Museum.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Directed by Robert Mugge
(USA, 1980, 60 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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